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Old 11-25-2017, 02:42 PM
 
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Teaching is stressful whether general education or special education. This is my 15th year as a special education teacher--currently as a resource teacher. The paperwork and endless meetings are exhausting. Yes, my groups are smaller than a classroom, but their needs are great. My toughest group is a group of just two boys who have significant behaviors and feed off of each other, but due to time and scheduling constraints must be in a group together! My largest group has 15 students--not much different than a classroom, but as Haily 23 said "each student has extremely significant academic needs or they wouldn't be in my class in the first place."

In my district EL teachers don't even work with students. They plan, make schedules, and supervise the paraeducators who work with the students. That could look very different where you are though.

I really can't recommend special Ed. as a lower stress option. The burnout is real!


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